Another Leak Detected on Sewer Main in Olney

Drinking Water System Not Affected

| News Release



Laurel – August 12, 2015 – A break in a 20-inch pressurized sewer main at 2114 Rose Theatre Circle in Olney is causing raw sewage to flow from the pipe. This Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) is near two leaks that were repaired on July 29 and 30.

The estimated volume of the overflow is undetermined at this time. The Olney Wastewater Pumping Station was shutdown at approximately 10:15 am. Septic haulers are onsite to prevent any additional overflow at the station. Contractors are onsite, ready to begin repairs once all equipment and parts are delivered. WSSC will also insert a camera inside the pipe to better assess the condition of the sewer main to help determine a long-term solution.

Signs are currently posted warning residents to avoid the affected area including Lake Hallowell. Browns Bridge Recreation Area remains closed from the two other recent breaks.

It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. The wastewater overflows do NOT affect WSSC’s drinking water system. Notifications have been made to Maryland Department of the Environment, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the surrounding community.

WSSC is committed to protecting the health of the public and the environment. WSSC appreciates notification from citizens if a sewer back up or water main break is suspected. Please call our 24 hour Emergency Call Center at 301-206-4002 to report water or sewer emergencies in Montgomery or Prince George's counties. Customers can also report emergencies via email at and those customers who have smart phones can report emergencies using the WSSC Mobile App.

WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.

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